Another day of shelling between Turkey and Syria

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Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 1:36 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — It's been a fourth straight day of artillery fire between Syria and Turkey, in the aftermath of Wednesday's shelling that killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.

The exchange of fire is adding to fears that the civil war in Syria will erupt into a regional conflict.

According to Turkish media, Today's cross-border exchange began when two mortar shells from Syria landed in rural areas near a Turkish village, prompting return fire from Turkey. A third shell later hit near another village, and officials say Turkish troops fired back.

No casualties are reported.

The shelling took place as Syrian rebels clashed with President Bashar Assad's forces near the border.

Turkey and Syria were once strong allies, but the relationship has deteriorated sharply since the uprising against Assad began last year. Turkey is one of the harshest critics of Assad's crackdown on opponents.

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100-c-11-(Suzan Fraser, AP correspondent)-"with its warnings"-AP correspondent Suzan Fraser reports another mortar shell from Syria struck Turkish territory prompting a fourth straight day of retaliatory fire. (6 Oct 2012)

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080-r-17-(Sound of shell bursts, from video shot from Turkish side of border by Anadolu TV)--Sound of shell bursts from video shot from the Turkish side of the border with Syria. COURTESY: Anadolu TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (6 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Turkish military near border with Syria, Akcakale, Turkey, graphic element on gray (6 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO XBO107: Syrians carry a rebel injured during fighting with the Syrian army in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, to the Turkish city of Akcakale on the Turkey-Syria border Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish troops have returned fire after a mortar shell from Syria again landed on its territory. Turkish artillery has fired at Syrian targets for two straight days after shelling from Syria killed five civilians in Turkey. (AP Photo) (5 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XBO108: Turkish military take up positions on the Turkish side of the border near Syrian rebel-controlled town of Tel Abyad, in Akcakale, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish troops have returned fire after a mortar shell from Syria again landed on its territory. Turkish artillery has fired at Syrian targets for two straight days after shelling from Syria killed five civilians in Turkey. (AP Photo) (5 Oct 2012)

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